MINI Electric review - Interior, design and technology

Subtle badging and a typically classy interior help the top-spec Electric model feel like a truly premium car.

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

3.5 out of 5

  • Fun to drive
  • Well-equipped
  • Build quality
  • Range
  • No five-door model
  • Regen brakes take some getting used to

When you first look at the MINI Electric you’ll struggle to notice much difference from the regular three-door hatch. There’s yellow badging and accents at the front and rear of the car, along with yellow-coloured mirror caps, and the grille is closed off compared to the traditional slats or honeycomb design of the fossil-fuel versions. 

The Electric three-door hatch looks pretty smart from the outside - 16-inch alloy wheels are standard, as are LED headlights and foglights. The Level 2 cars include power folding door mirrors, while top-spec Level 3 trim adds leather upholstery, adaptive LED headlights and a panoramic glass sunroof - it’s certainly a smart place to sit.

MINI has also included plenty of personalisation options, with up to six exterior paint colours available, the choice of either a white or black roof and an array of different alloy wheel designs.

Inside the cabin, it’s the usual MINI blend of circular screens, switches and a general high-quality feel to the materials on show. There is also the new digital display from the latest MINI GP Works model in front of the driver.

All versions include a leather-trimmed sports steering wheel with multi-function controls, while there are flashes of yellow dotted around the interior trim to remind you that you’re driving the Electric model.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The MINI Electric includes sat-nav with a 6.5-inch display screen, while moving up to the top-spec Level 3 car brings an upgraded 8.8-inch touchscreen with split-screen functionality. Image quality is particularly good with the larger screen.

Apple CarPlay is also available, but there is no Android Auto connectivity just yet. This may change in the future, as BMW has now adopted the smartphone tech and it could well dovetail into being offered for MINI models.

The mid-spec Level 2 versions feature a rear-view camera, while the most expensive Level 3 car has a Harman Kardon audio system and a head-up display.

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